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Recapturing the spirit of Glenn Miller,
This review is from: In the Swinging Christmas Mood (Audio CD)The brief liner notes suggest that Glenn Miller would have recorded a Christmas album if he had survived World War 2. His band only recorded one Christmas song while he was band leader (Jingle bells, re-recorded here), but it is reasonable to think that he might have done a whole album. The Glenn Miller Orchestra have certainly kept alive the spirit of the original band, with the most obvious difference being the vocalists, partly because they aren't used quite as much as they were by Glenn, partly because they are all competent singers and partly because the two women here do most of the singing even though the vocal backing group includes three men. Glenn's best singer was Marion Hutton, but he gave more opportunities to Ray Eberle and Tex Beneke.
Glenn Miller wasn't very fussy about singers, thinking that the important thing was to employ the best instrumentalists. He was proved right as his records outsold those by other bands despite their often superior singers. Nevertheless, Glenn Miller is mainly remembered these days for his instrumental recordings, and that may be why most of the tracks are instrumentals. The singers do well when given the opportunity. Indeed, one of the vocal tracks, There's no place like home for the holidays, is my favorite, although there's a long instrumental introduction before the singing starts.
The songs and tunes featured are all old enough that Glenn Miller himself would have known most of them. I think at least one (Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow) post-dates his death but not by much. If Glenn had survived to record a Christmas album, he would certainly have become familiar with it, Some of the songs and tunes are incorporated into medleys. Confusingly, the medleys on CD 2 are numbered 1 and 2 on the track listing instead of 3 and 4, which is sloppy on the part of whoever was responsible but obviously does not spoil the listening experience.
Any Glenn Miller fan will easily notice that this is not a Glenn Miller collection, but it is as near as you'll get to the Glenn Miller sound these days without listening to the original recordings. Since they only include one Christmas song, this collection will fill the vacancy nicely.
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Initial post: Dec 30, 2011 11:32:21 AM PST
I am holding off buying this. It looks like a different cover, but I have three Glen Miller Orchestra Christmas albums, all don by the new Glen Miller Orchestra. I have a feeling this might be the same recordings in a different covered CD. saxman
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 31, 2011 1:31:36 AM PST
Peter Durward Harris says:
You are probably right, but I haven't come across the earlier releases, so it was all new to me.
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